Sunday, May 17, 2009

Make a Freezer Map

We have one of those freezers that opens from the top. It's one of the best household investments we ever made, but if you have one, you know what a pain they are when you want to find something.

Mike and I are making a great effort to be debt-free by the end of the year, and one of the ways I'm helping is by upping my frugal efforts at food shopping. What better way than to use as much as I have on hand as possible?

So I decided to do an inventory of the freezer downstairs. Then it hit me: when you want to find something, what's better than a map? (If they create GPS for freezers, please lmk!)

I took everything out, and as I put it back in an orderly way, I did several things:

1. I used a piece of paper (on a clipboard) and drew a front-view of the freezer. Then I blocked off where each item went, and wrote down how many I have.

2. I took out things I need for dinners this week, which mostly includes meat I've browned or marinated and leftovers.

3. I put all of my daughter's diet foods in one area so she can take them down to her new apartment. This will free up almost 2 square feet of space!

4. I moved all the meat from the upstairs fridge's freezer to the downstairs, making more room upstairs. I'll get to that upstairs freezer another time.

So, if you are going to do an inventory anyway, think about creating a map, too!

5 comments:

BittersweetPunkin said...

We are going to invest in one of those soon...I need one so bad! That is a great idea....I don't think I would've thought of that.....

I hope you are doing well and that the weather is lovely where you are !
Hugs,
Robin

Debbie J. said...

Good Idea! I definitely need to do this. While I'm at it I need to throw away some old stuff. I want to group all the like things together and put them in some sort of plastic bins. I've been working hard at food storage lately.

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

How efficient you are, Clare. That's a great idea. I need a map for my refrigerator. I tend to just push things in anyplace they'll fit.

Sharon said...

That's a great idea! I've been trying to get a pantry & freezer inventory list up and running for a while now....a while meaning about 6 months! Jeez...it is NOT that difficult but there is always something else.... Thanks for visiting my blog and good luck on your debt free journey too!!

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